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Each month we bring you a nonviolence training workshop based on the experience of the Nonviolent Action Training project and INNATE.

Approaches to conflict

Facilitator’s notes:
Discussion and consideration of this handout can be used in conjunction with the workshops on ‘Nonviolence: Basis and forms”, ‘Exploring violence and nonviolence’, ‘Violence/Nonviolence spectrum’, and with the material in ‘Nonviolence: An introduction’ (all under ‘Workshops’).

The handout is partly for individual reading and reflection but it can be worked through in a group (allow people to read through it first, and/or read it aloud in the group taking questions as you go). If there is group discussion then questions to ask a group include:

1) Which of these methods have you experienced in any way?
2) Which do you think are appropriate for the kinds of conflicts you might be involved in?
3) How do you choose between these responses?
4) What detailed information do you need about any of these?

Questions 2) and 4) can indicate the needs of the group. The questions can be asked in pairs initially, or small groups, before coming into larger group discussion. It could be part of an initial session or sessions which would have the function of seeing what level a group is at in its knowledge of these issues (as well as informing them about the above).

‘Violence’ is included as a response because it is just that; obviously it is not a response which we are encouraging but it is important to recognise it. It is also important, we feel, to include both ‘advocacy/solidarity’ and ‘mediation’ in the same list, since many advocates of one or the other would not include ‘the other’ in their list of recognised responses, whereas both approaches can learn from each other.

The symbols given for each form of response can be used or ignored (and erased) according to what you wish. Arrows obviously represent the parties in dispute but the symbolism is not always very exact, e.g. the ‘humanitarian response’ intervention could be portrayed in a different way in a different position.

The handout can be downloaded as a pdf from here.


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